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El Sexto Art Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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Screening of documentary:- Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 February 2017

To RSVP for ticket: www.museumoftolerance.com/PatriaOMuerte

 

 

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Swiss - Chinese Trade Agreement - 6 Points to ask PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 January 2017
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The World Economic Forum will be held in Devos, Switzerland on January 17, 2017
China's President Xi Jinping will be attending the Forum. 
The Swiss government will be signing a trade agreement.
Please sign the letter asking the Swiss government and the World Economic Forum to ensure that following six points are guaranteed by the government of China before any agreement on trade is signed.
Please click to sign the open letter:   Talk to China

       http://talk-to-china.ch/index.php/sign-now/
     1.  China to guarantee a legal basis for the arrest or detention of anyone sent to the Laogai system and report any products made within the Laogai system.
     2.  China to guarantee the protection of the environment and natural resources specifically in the Tibetan Plateau.
     3.  China to guarantee freedom of speech in media and internet and release all detained journalists.
     4.  China to guarantee the freedom of movement of persons, in particular Tibetans and Uighurs.
     5.  China to stop the restructuring or destruction of buildings in the Tibetan town of Larung Gar and place it under the protection of UNESCO.
     6.  Swiss corporations and Chinese corporations must follow corporate social responsibilities, guarantee the protection of the environment, Human Rights, including the principle of Freedom of Information.
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请点击签署公开信:与中国对话
             http://talk-to-china.ch/index.php/sign-now/
            详细信息   http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gr-01102017121855.html          
这封公开信非常具体地在 六个问题上要求瑞士政府、议会和达沃斯论坛负责人根据瑞士法律和国际公认的普世原则要求参加会议的中国国家主席习近平 有所承诺和采 取具体措施。这六个问题是,
    一关于劳改及拘留逮捕人的法律依据问题;
   二,环境和自然资源保护问题;
   三,媒体网络言论自由问题;
   四,人员自由迁 徙流动问题, 特别是对于藏人和维吾尔人;
   五,强拆色达喇荣五明佛学院问题;
   六,瑞士企业在中国的社会责任问题。
 
Review of 2016 and what lies ahead PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Dear Friend,
            2016 is the year China's President Xi Jinping extended his China dream outside of China in implementing his Document No. 9 directives against constitutionality, universal values, press freedom, civil society and analysis of historical errors.
             It began with parades on television of the five Hong Kong booksellers who were kidnapped in 2015, "admitting" that they had gone to China "willingly" to "confess" their "crimes" against the state. 
             Even before the subsequent appearance of one of the kidnapped booksellers Lam Wingkee in Hong Kong, who recounted his ordeal indicating that he was given a script to memorize on television, few believed such theater of the absurd. 
             The attempt to stop the publishing of the book "Xi Jinping and His Lovers" and other banned books backfired, garnering more than a million Google search results.
             President Xi Jinping should release Gui Minhai, the last detained kidnapped booksellers, asap before the coming fall's 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party so this debacle will not hang over his head.
             Of course, the use of forced confession did not limit to the Hong Kong booksellers.  Wang Yu, a human rights lawyer, appeared on television in August renouncing her legal work after her son was picked up in Myanmar.  One of her last cases involved sexual assault of six underage girls and their school principal who took them to a hotel and offered them to government officials. 
             President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption to catch 'tigers' and 'flies' should include those 'mosquitoes' that Wang Yu exposed.  These 'mosquitoes' not only committed crimes against the Chinese people but contribute to the moral corruption of China's society. 
             While in Ottawa in June this year, China's foreign minister Wang Yi was asked about human rights issues in China, in particular, the case of the kidnapped booksellers. He angrily avoided the question by pointing out that China had lifted millions out of poverty. 
              However, Wang Yi's comment will bring up the question as to who caused these people their misery in the first place.  The Chinese Communist Party's policies of various historic anti movements, Great Leap Forward, the Great Famine of 1958-1962, the Cultural Revolution, etc. caused the death of 70 million people and brought China to the brink of economic collapse even as Hong Kong, despite having to deal with the constant influx of refugees from China, became a world financial center and with Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea as the four Asian economic tigers of the second half of the 20th century.
             In the same press conference, Wang Yi told the reporter, "... it is the Chinese people who are in the best situation, in the best position to have a say about China’s human rights situation.”  What if the reporter followed up with this question, "May I ask the Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo about that issue?"  What was Wang Yi going to say?  "Sorry, Liu Xiaobo is unavailable. He has been sentenced to eleven years in prison for writing about China's human rights situation."
             Lancôme, the French cosmetic company, canceled a Hong Kong event with singer Denis Ho after China's state owned newspaper Global Times complained about her support for democracy.  As a result, Lancôme and its parent company L’Oréa had to face the company's worst public relations nightmare especially when a French citizen started a Change.org petition to boycott the company garnering more than 86,000 signatures world wide. 
             Listerin, another brand, on the other hand, ignored China's pressure.
             Lesson to global businesses:  weigh your options carefully, one will never recover from a tainted reputation.  Furthermore, those who comment on the internet in China's state owned media, are often members of the 50 Cent Party, paid commentators or public employees who are expected to write comments as part of their official duties. A research has shown that China generated 450 million fake comments each year.
             The Academy of Motion Picture, in awarding an honorary Oscar to kung fu star Jackie Chan who famously declared that Chinese need to be controlled, has in effect become China's partner in propaganda.             
             Continuing with Xi's campaign against civil society, a new law has come in effect in China in 2017 that mandates an approved Chinese sponsor for any foreign NGOs in China with the sole purpose of having the Chinese Communist Party oversee the NGO's activities regardless of the NGO's purpose.  The law gives the police power to investigate the NGOs and its intentional vague language allows the court to interpret the law any way it pleases.
             With 2017 barely starting, Apple Inc. already succumbed to China's demand and removed the New York Times from its App Store.  What Apple does not recognize is that as Apple slowly but surely loose its distinction from Huawei whose founder was a member of the Peoples' Liberation Army, China's consumers may abandon Apple.
             What will 2017 hold for the future of China?  With thugs increasingly used by the government to carry out China's extrajudicial punishments, the government will see its own mandate to govern slowly eroding to the point where government officials are beholden to the growing power of the thugs. 
             Until the Chinese Communist Party begins to recognize the importance of a civil society, China will see more and more of their best and brightest leaving their motherland for a more secure future for themselves and for their children.
Ann Lau
Chair, Visual Artists Guild

        
 
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